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      Labor Day weekend a time to shine for IOP businesses, police

      ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the holiday weekend kicked off, AAA said it expected 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for Labor Day festivities. Many of those made their way to the beaches.

      The picture perfect scenery is Isle of Palms provides attracts thousands from all across the world, including the Franklin family of Virginia.

      "This is beautiful, just right. It's time to relax and have a good time," said Broderick Franklin.

      They won't be alone. Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times for businesses nestled along the seaside community.

      "We prepare for this day and weekend all year long. We prep a lot. Half our whole house cleaning staff here doing high areas, low areas, deep cleanses of rooms. We are ready. Our maintenance guys are here doing full preps. Minimum guest issues is the goal. And a great time and guest experience," said Matthew Cunningham, the general manager at the Palms Hotel.

      With more tourists packing hotel rooms, beaches and restaurants, Isle of Palms police are prepared with more officers on duty.

      "Last year we got quite busy, so we are geared up for it this year and hopefully it goes off without a hitch, but I think we are prepared for it," said Police Chief Thomas Buckhannon.

      As the unofficial end to summer marches on, patience becomes a traveler's best friend. Police say the summer has been a good one on the Isle of Palms, but there have been more petty crimes with more people in the area.

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